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Iowa Mennonite saw its first non-conference action of the season, hosting Fairfield on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Iowa Mennonite opened the game with a slight wind at their backs and after adjusting to Fairfields speed, began pushing forward. The Iowa Mennonite backline of Reggie Borntrager, Kobe Borntrager, Eli Ours and Mitchell Schmieder held the Fairfield forwards in check and the center midfielders, Isaiah Swantz and Gerardo Mendoza began to assert control.
15 minutes into the game, Swantz sent a ball into the box where Jacob Boller pushed it towards the goal and into the path of Cole Ours who knocked the ball across the goal line.
Six minutes later Ours sent a ball across the box to Louis Etienne for the second goal of the game. At the six minute mark Cody Jones took one of the six corner kicks Iowa Mennonite earned in the first half, and taking advantage of the wind, curled the ball in the upper corner of the goal for the 3-0 half time lead.
In the second half, Fairfields decision to take the wind second half nearly paid off as the wind picked up making play more difficult. Still, it was Iowa Mennonite who scored first in the half, this time on another corner kick as Jones sent the ball in and Ours neatly one-touched the ball into the net for the 4-0 lead.
At the midway point of the half Iowa Mennonite made a goalie switch replacing Blake Bontrager who had taken a hard knock on his upper thigh. Iowa Mennonite also got a few younger players in the game while Fairfield began pushing more players forward.
Just after the goalie switch, Fairfield took advantage of a the wind, a good bounce and a good touch, notched their first goal. The defense buckled down but Fairfield was able to find the net once more with eight minutes left in the game.
Iowa Mennonite moves to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in conference. Iowa Mennonite hosted Danville on Tuesday and plays No. 1 ranked Iowa City Regina Thursday.
Iowa Mennonite: 3; 1; 4
Fairfield: 0; 2; 2
Goals — Cole Ours 2, Louis Etienne 1, Cody Jones, 1
Iowa Mennonite beats Wapello
Iowa Mennonite defeated Wapello 10-0 in an early finish against the SEISC foe.
Iowa Mennonite’s first goal came on a Wapello own goal. Iowa Mennonite got two goals from Isaiah Swantz, two from Cole Ours and one from Louis Etienne in the first half of play.
In the second half of play Iowa Mennonite was playing against the wind, but still was able to find the net three times.
Jacob Boller scored two goals in the second half on assists from Etienne and Gedeon Sangare. Will Kolk added one goal and Toby Chen scored the final goal off a deflected shot from the Wapello goalkeeper.
Iowa Mennonite is now 8-0 overall.